After what’s seemed like an eternity since it was booked my  Hong Kong Chinese New Year trip is fast approaching and so am reading up on this exciting cultural celebration. A few fast facts:

  •  Chinese New Year starts with the New moon on the first day of the first lunar month and ends on the Full moon 15 days later with the Lantern Festival
  • During the 15 day period new year visits  will be made to family and friends.  On the first day, the oldest and most senior members will be visited, the visits serve to strengthen family ties
  • The seventh day is known as ‘birthday of men’ or day of men or men day
  • dragon dances occur in the streets throughout the 15 day festival. The dragon is believed to bring prosperity and the longer the dragon the more luck it brings
  • I’ll be just one of an estimated 300,000 spectators taking in the spectacular fireworks display on 20th February, the second day of Spring Festival as it’s known in China
  • 2015 is the year of the goat
  • kung hei fat choi in Cantonese or in English bless happiness, and prosperity